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Clean Air Act
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy v. Duke Energy Carolinas LLC (4th Cir. Apr. 14, 2011): The Fourth Circuit affirmed a decision awarding nearly $500,000 in attorneys’ fees to environmental groups that challenged approval of a coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. The groups filed suit in July 2008, alleging that state regulators had not checked whether...
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Connecticut v. American Electric Power (June 20, 2011) In an 8-0 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court held that federal common law nuisance claims cannot be brought against utilities for their greenhouse gas emissions given that the Clean Air Act and EPA regulations displace federal common law in this area. The lawsuit alleged that under common...
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